The National Quilt Museum, Paducah, celebrates its 20th Anniversary
special, year-long events kick off during Quilt Week 2011
The National Quilt
Museum announced that the kick-off to its year-long 20th Anniversary
events will take place during the 2011 AQS Quilt Show. Numerous special events
and exhibits are planned, including “Celebration!”
an exciting exhibit specially created by the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)
to honour the Museum's 20th birthday. The Museum will also unveil “20 Quilts for 20 Years.” These 20
quilts will be added to the Museum’s collection, which began with 85 quilts in
1991, and has expanded to more than 300 quilts.
From the exhibit “Celebration!” SAQA
Grand Canyon (detail), by Nelda Warkentin, Photo by John Tuckey
Trail, Sentimental Studios,” the 20th Anniversary Fabric and table
runner kit, from MODA Fabrics will be introduced Quilt Week. MODA Fabrics designed
this line especially for the Museum’s 20th anniversary and has “The
National Quilt Museum” printed along the selvage. There are twenty-nine designs
in the collection and will be in fabric stores late summer. Starting on April 25th,
limited quantities of pre-cut lengths will be available exclusively at the
Museum Gift Shop. MODA Fabrics is also donating a portion of the proceeds from
the Dogwood Trail Collection sales to benefit the Museum.
The annual Live Quilt
Auction will take place Thursday, April 28th 6pm to 8pm in
front of the Convention Center under the vendor food tent. New this year, those
not able to attend the event will be able to participate and bid on items via a
live webcast of the auction. Auction goers can enjoy an optional hot meal from
Neil’s Catering and a wine tasting by Purple Toad Winery. This year there will
be two Silent Auctions from 10am to 4.30pm on Wednesday the 27th
and again Friday the 29th. The auctions will be held in the
Convention Center’s first level hallway.
Quilt lovers will also
have a chance to own a one-of-a-kind quilt made and donated by internationally known
quilters who have quilts in the Museum’s Collection. The “Celebration” quilts will be on display in the Museum’s lobby. The
sale is not an auction and will continue while quilts are available. All
proceeds from the sale benefit the Museum.
internationally renowned artist and creator of the Heartwood Creek collection,
will appear for an exclusive signing event in the Museum lobby on Wednesday,
April 27 from 10am until noon and 2 to 4pm. At 7pm, he will give an
inspirational lecture about being a self-taught artist, his skills as a
painter, sculptor, silversmith, and woodcarver creating his popular “heart-crafted”
designs that incorporate quilt designs. Tickets for the lecture are $15.
This year the Museum
adds a new fundraising event, the “Fabulous
Fabric Flurry!” The event runs Friday
morning, April 29th from 8am until noon (or when supply runs
out). For $10, shoppers will be allowed to fill their “Flurry” bag with all the
fabric they can fit into it and still close the bag.
As in the past, the
Museum will have extended hours and discounted admission during the AQS Quilt Show.
The Museum will be open 7 days a week starting in April. Its policy is to be
open the Sunday prior to, and after Quilt Week. Due to the timing of this
year’s show, the Museum will be open Easter Sunday, April 24th 10am to 5pm.
Quilt Week Hours and
Sunday, Monday and
Tuesday, April 24, 25 and 26 the Museum will be open 10am to 5pm. Hours for
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, April 27, 28 and 30, are 8am
to 6pm. Friday, April 29, hours are 8am to 7pm. Sunday May 1, hours are
10am to 5pm. Starting Wednesday, the 27th through Sunday May 1st,
admission is discounted to $8.
Numerous other special
events, book signings, quilting demonstrations and lectures celebrating their
20th anniversary are scheduled for the week. A complete schedule can
be found at www.quiltmuseum.org.
Designated as The
National Quilt Museum of the United States, NQM is a non-profit institution
located at 215 Jefferson Street in downtown Paducah, KY. The Museum is open
year-round Monday-Saturday, 10am to 5pm. CST. The Museum is also open on
Sundays 1 to 5pm April - October. The National Quilt Museum is ADA compliant.
For more information go to www.QuiltMuseum.org
The Kentucky Arts Council, the
state arts agency, supports The National Quilt Museum
with state tax
dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts